The appearance of Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige in London this week at press rounds for the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" has yielded all sorts of updates regarding future Marvel films. Here is a breakdown of the latest by individual movie:
Namor: The Sub-Mariner
Rumors the other month of Universal and Legendary developing a big screen adaptation of the character aren't true because those studios only partially own the rights. Feige says there are no plans for Marvel to move forward with a film either until the legalities are sorted out:
"Let's put it this way - there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in."
Asked to elaborate on the fallout with filmmaker Edgar Wright, Feige says a combination of personality issues and Wright's vision falling out-of-sync with Marvel's cinematic universe lead to the split, but it wasn't as nasty as the media made out:
"We sat round a table and we realised it was not working. A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production. We said 'let's do this together and put out a statement.' What do we say? 'Creative differences'. I said: 'That's what they always say and no-one ever believes it.' Edgar said: 'But in this case it's true'"
The Marvel movies are very collaborative, and I think they are more collaborative than what he had been used to. And I totally respect that. [But] the notion that Marvel was scared, the vision was too good, too far out for Marvel is not true. And I don't want to talk too much about that because I think our movies speak to that.
The biggest disappointment for me is just the relationship, because I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many many years. But the perception that the big evil studio was too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision is just not the case."
Asked if the choice of Scott Derrickson, a director best known for horror, is an indication as to the tone of the upcoming "Doctor Strange" film, Feige says:
"I would say you can certainly look at the past work of the filmmakers we hire as a bit of an indication for the tone of the movie, but not necessary everything. The Russos, who are well known for their sitcoms, there is nothing sitcom about The Winter Soldier. No, I wouldn't say just because he has only done horror movies means that Doctor Strange is going to be a horror movie. It means he is a talented filmmaker who we think could add something unique and very fresh to the particular franchise. But there could be scary moments. There are scary moments in all our movies! There are some scary people that Strange has to deal with, I will say."
Feige was asked a question that many fans of Marvel are keen to have answered - will the teams from The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy ever meet up on screen?
"Part of the fun of the comics is that could happen. Any character could interact with any other character because they inhabit the same time period and the same universe. And certainly it is the inclusion of Thanos most specifically that is a declaration to audiences who are paying attention that this is connected to those other universes. Part of the fun is that it could happen someday. I don't know when that would be. Or maybe I know and I'm not going to tell you!"
Captain America 3
Finally, he was asked about "Captain America 3" taking on rival DC's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" for the same release date, Feige says they are sticking by the date:
"We are doing what we've always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we're working on for Cap 3 and for all the threes movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours doesn't mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we're not going to."